Chohan and Monday to Battle for One-Pocket Hot Seat
Carolina Open One-Pocket / Goldsboro, NC
by Skip Maloney, Inside POOL Staff
By Wednesday evening on October 8, Tony Chohan and Sam Monday had battled their way to the hot seat match of the Carolina Open’s $5,000-added one-pocket tournament. The two are scheduled to play Thursday afternoon. By late Wednesday night, the quarterfinals were set as well, with Jeff Abernathy and Scott Rabon scheduled to meet Thursday evening.
Earlier on Wednesday, among the winners’ side final eight, Chohan had sent Mike Davis to the one-loss side 3-1 and followed that with a 3-1 victory over Abernathy, who’d just sent Brandon Shuff west by the same score. Monday, in the meantime, had been busy with Chris Adams and Scott Rabon, defeating them both by 3-1 scores to move into the hot seat match against Chohan.
Ronnie Wiseman and Charlie Bryant moved past their first one-loss side match to face each other in the next round. Wiseman ended Bryant’s tournament 3-1 and ran right into Earl Strickland and sent him packing 3-1 as well. Wiseman’s streak ended versus Larry Kressel, who then moved on to face Abernathy. Abernathy reached the hill first, but Kressel fought back, first to tie it and then take a four-ball lead in the fifth rack. On the heels of a couple of critical misses, Kressel watched as Abernathy took his turn at fighting back and eventually moved into the quarterfinals.
On the other end of the one-loss side bracket, Sylver Ochoa, Davis, and Shuff found themselves battling each other for the right to advance. Ochoa shut out his first two opponents on the one-loss side before running into Davis, who then proceeded to shut Ochoa out of further play. Sidney Champion had worked his way through two opponents on the one-loss side until he ran into Shuff, who then advanced versus Davis but fell in a double hill-battle against Rabon.
The final match will be a single-elimination match to determine the event winner. Tour director Doug Ennis also made note of the fact that the Carolina Open’s 10-ball tournament, scheduled to start Thursday, is to be streamed live over the Internet. Information on the website that will broadcast the live stream is to be made available to Ennis at the start of Thursday’s action.